ARC REVIEW: Mystique by Shari Arnold +Giveaway!!

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Mystique

Shari Arnold

Published November 17th 2015 by Createspace

YA > Fantasy |Paranormal 

 5 ★★★★★

 

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Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

 

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PLEASE TELL ME ITS NOT THE END.

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I’ve been an avid admirer of Shari Arnold ever since I read her novel, Neverland, earlier this year. If ever you read my review of that book, you’ll find out that I did nothing but praised it. Which is exactly what I will do now with Mystique. I think its safe to say that Shari Arnold is one author that can do no wrong in my list. In fact, I’ve been suffering from a book slump for months now and Mystique was the first book I picked up. And it it did not disappoint. Absolutely one of the best decision I made.

Mystique is the definition of YA THRILLER. This is how you do YA paranormal/thriller people!! The first chapter took my breath away. I’ve been holding my breath throughout reading, if I have to be honest. Shari Arnold definitely knows what she’s doing. You don’t just read her words, you feel it. You experience it. One moment I’m reading in my nook and the next thing I know I’m in this town called Mystique, solving the weird happenings with our heroine, Presley. Trust me when I say, YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED. There is no ‘filler chapter’, there’s no lagging and there’s just no chapter that will let go of you. You will be at the edge of your seat, like me, you won’t stop until you find out the answers.

Mystique gives something new in this genre. Yes, it is about zombies. But Shari Arnold have her own version of zombies and they won’t just scare you, but they will also mystify you. The whole idea of Mystique is really worthy of applause, combine it with Shari Arnold’s brilliant writing, you got an outstanding novel.

Presley and the gang is one set of characters that will surely leave you wounded. Why? They make you want to crave for more. These characters are alive and will own your emotions the whole time you’re reading.

Mystique have an amazing story to tell, and you don’t want to miss it. The writing is glorious, the characters are authentic and every page of this book just keeps on getting better and better. If you still haven’t found your 2015 favorite, then Mystique is for you. This page turner is definitely a must read!

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs

 

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Jenn Bennett
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
YA > Contemporary 
 
 

5 ★★★★★

 
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
 
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“Feeling alive is always a risk.”

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Wow. Gorgeous cover. Stunning story. Incredible writing. This isn’t your average YA Contemporary Romance. I admit that Jenn Bennett is a name that I haven’t heard of when it comes to YA. But after reading this novel, her name is one I’ll never forget and and I’ll forever stalk.
 
TASoaH sucked me in from the very start. Theres something so magical in the first chapter of this book that made me stick around until I read the last page. Well, that magical feeling never left until the end. Jenn Bennett just aced that incredible writing style where every words, every scene, oozes with romance and… and feels. Honestly, this book is rendering me speechless.
 
Another thing that will impress you would be the whole plot of the book and its pacing and how it flowed until it ends. It’s just so refreshing and very unique! Bex’s interests are not the kind of stuff I usually encounter in this genre. It’s actually the first time I read about it. And in YA! We need more ideas like this. Even the love interests character and story is not something you’ll call cliché or been there, done that. Every little bit in this book is exceptional!
 
Beatrix character is 100% likeable. There’s something wrong with you if you and Bex won’t get along. She’s truly one of the best character I’ve ever read in a very long time. And Jack. Oh wow… JACKSON VINCENT. I could write a whole review for Jack alone. This boy. This boy just stole my heart.
 
There are books that you read and that you’ll like. There are books that you read and that you’ll love. But then there are books like The Anatomical Shape of a Heart that you read and that you’ll treasure forever. Because you’ll never forget the feeling that it gave you. Those butterflies that invaded your stomach. Those smiles that appeared in your face. An absolute gem! The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is not a book you want to miss. Real, romantic and full of wit.. we need more Jenn Bennett in this genre. This is absolutely one of the best books this 2015!

 

 

 

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Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.

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Review: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Zac and Mia
A.J. Betts
September 2nd 2014
YA | Contemporary 
289 pages
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4/5 Stars

 

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 The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).
Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

REVIEW:

 

I hate how books are described as being “The Fault in our Stars meets Eleanor and Park”, but I think that description was pretty accurate for this book.

Zac and Mia is truly a wonderfully written novel. I cannot tell you how glad I am I didn’t give up on this book. It started off great, and then hit this very boring, slow place for 60 or so pages. I kept trying to read them but it was not happening. So, I skimmed over those pages instead of putting the book down all together…BUT the second I started reading again things were already picking up and I don’t think I missed any pivotal details as I was skimming.

The characters were so wonderfully crafted. Mia was rude and arrogant at first but her development was amazing. I loved Zac the right after his first sentence. He was such a genuinely sweet guy. Its hard for me to explain how much I loved these two and their story. I feel the need to shove this book in everyones face because it was just that perfect and I want everyone to read and love it.
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ARC REVIEW: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

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Nameless

Jennifer Jenkins

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Month9Books

YA >Dystopia | Fantasy

 

 

 

5 ★★★★★

 

 

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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

 

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Everybody make way! Jennifer Jenkins is here with Nameless and let me tell you, it will leave you breathless!

Oh wow. Where do I even start? This book left me speechless! I seriously don’t know what to say, all I know is that THIS BOOK IS INSANELY GOOD AND YOU SHOULD READ IT! All caps. That way, you know that I am dead serious.

I keep repeating this on my review whenever I read a book from this genre: I am not a fan. Its not that I stay away, but dystopia/fantasy isn’t really my thing. I’m really more of a rom-com kind of girl. But there’s something about Nameless that made me want to read it. And boy! I AM SO GLAD I DID. I can’t believe I almost passed this one.

The plot of Nameless is not really simple. But hang in there because that doesn’t mean it will keep you from enjoying the book. It’s actually the opposite. See, Nameless has clans, rich history, a terrible and wonderful world, and never ending wars. It feels like there’s a lot of things happening but in truth, you will not even complain about it. Jennifer Jenkins has this magical writing powers. You will be hypnotized and the first chapter will instantly suck you in! I did not even protested, because I was happily AND hungrily following the story. Every page is making me want to know what happens next. Every page leaves me with need!

The characters in this book are all completely fleshed out! From the main character to the love interest and the side characters as well, they all have depths. They all have interesting backstories, useful roles and all of leaves a mark. Zo is everything I’m looking for in a YA dystopia heroine. She’s wonderful, she’s a fighter and she’s flawed. I couldn’t wait for more from her. I still see a lot of growing and I can’t wait to witness that.

The romance was slow burn… scorching… to die for. It was full of intrigue, desire and mistrust. Its the kind of romance that will break your heart but still, leaves it with hope and FEELS. You will never run out of feels with this two. Gryphon ladies, GRYPHON! YOU HAVE TO MEET HIM Y’ALL. This man is your next book boyfriend.

I have so many things to say, so many words to write because my heart is just bursting with love for this book. But I will just tell you this: THIS IS THE NEXT BIG THING! Jennifer Jenkins’ writing was always visual, so close at hand it is searing! Nameless will captivate you with its furious and excellent pacing, it will not let you go. If somebody wants a stay-up-all-night kind of book that will leave them breathless? Nameless will always be at the tip of my tounge!

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid). Visit her online at jajenkins.com

 

 

 
   

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REVIEW: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

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TITLE: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Kay
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction | Dystopia
PAGES: 372pages (paperback)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING:
 

5 ★★★★★

 
 
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Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.
In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.
Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.
Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.
In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
 
 
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BROKEN SKIES is the first novel in a young adult science fiction trilogy by Theresa Kay. Perfect for fans of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jasmine “Jax” Mitchell, an impulsive and traumatized girl whose fierce loyalty to her kidnapped twin brother drives her to rescue him at any cost even if it means employing the help of a teenaged alien boy with questionable motives.

 

“This book had me ALL OVER THE PLACE. Happy, sad, angry, tummy fluttery, giddy, outraged, betrayed… just… all over the place. —Caylie M., Amazon Reviewer
 “This is for those who enjoy exciting, intriguing YA level Sci-Fi and Dystopian with a sweet romance.” — Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader Blog
 “The kind of novel that makes you anxiously excited about the series to come!” —Jocey, Amazon Reviewer
 “All I want to keep talking about is how awesome Broken Skies was, how much I loved it and that you must read it, so we can gush about it together!” —Total Book Geek

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I think my heart is singing.

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There are books that you read and love, and there are books that you’ll re-read for 846352 times and yes, you’ll still love it. Its Broken Skies for me. This is the first 5 star review that I’ll be posting this year. That alone, makes the book pretty special for me.

Broken Skies is like a hidden gem. And I’ll be the first one to say it: It deserves to be seen.. to be read! To be completely honest, I don’t know how to review this one. This seems to be a thing to me. When I love the book so much, my brain goes blank. Seriously, its like me on a math oral test. I don’t know exactly what made me love the Broken Skies so I’d say.. everything!

Jax is a wonderful main character. She’s memorable and she’s perfectly flawed.

“I refuse to be a weapon of destruction. I already know what it feels like to kill and I will not give in to it. I will find another way”

She’s a badass and there’s a lot of YA main protagonist that I’ve read, and she’s one of the most that I admire. I admire how she thinks and her attitude. Now, Lir is no different. Good god, if you can do the eye brow thing like Lir can, I’ll put you on my possible-guys-to-marry list.

‘”I think this is the first time I have seen you speechless,” Lir says with laughing eyes. “Had I only known, I would have removed my shirt sooner”‘

And this alien is downright sassy. There’s still a mysterious air around him and its great that Theresa Kay isn’t revealing much about him but its like I completely know him and yes, I’m excited to get to know him better on the following books. Other side characters such as Jax’s brother and Flint took me by surprise by being well written characters and diverse. Usually, side characters aren’t given much thought, but in here, you can’t help but notice them.

The plot is.. jam packed. It has action, there’s mystery, the drama cannot be ignored and the romance is to die for. With a genre like YA Dystopia its so easy to just drop the book and say, ‘been there, read that‘ so as a reader, a book has to have something that sinks into the reader that makes it hard to let go. And as weird as this sounds, Jax world IS hard let go. Its a terrible world and its enthralling. And I want to know more the culture, how everything works and how it came to that. More reasons to wait and be excited for the following books in the series.

I mentioned this on my first review of Broken Skies before and I’ll say it again, Broken Skies is one of those stories that sinks its hooks into you and won’t let go. Its a one package treat that is perfect for every reader out there. Theresa Kay is epic and so is her book. And I don’t know my plan yet, but I’m planning to bribe her for the sequel. Waiting is almost painful. But then again, its Jax and Lir. I don’t know if I’m ready for the things that will happen. Praise for Theresa Kay!

 

 

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The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

 

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